Today’s Mileage: 145 miles
Total Trip Mileage so far: 3531 miles
I am listening to: Contemporary R&B: Joss Stone, Black Eyed Peas, etc
Just to remind everyone since the actual date vs the Day number is not really always obvious: Day 17 is August 21, 2014.
As the time crept past noon it was with some reluctance and a lot of foot dragging that I finally rode away from the Twisp River Suites and the little village of Twisp. By the way, one more neat thing about this hotel – they have a separate set of rooms that is completely set up for people with pets – brilliant!
The reputation of the North Cascades Highway as a prime motorcycle road is certainly untarnished after my lively journey along its length. My friends John and Roger live in Seattle and said this was the road to take. A few sprinkles of rain and a pretty good drop in temperature finally forced me to stop and put on the warmer gear. Rode with a kid of about 17 who was from back east and camping his way west. He seemed to be having a great time and had a million questions about my bike.
I put a lot of wear on the sides of my tires today that could be measured in fun. That is really a good thing since the center of the rear tire is wearing really fast – recall it is the replacement I purchased in Gunnison primary because it was the right size – however it has a sporty rubber compound which means the cornering is fantastic but the wear isn’t. I should really consider if while I am in the Seattle area, it might be a good time to replace both tires, preferably with a longer wearing sport touring type tire.
I rolled into Burlington earlier than I expected, Route 20 was just too short – but a great road by any measure. John and Roger were certainly right about this road.